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Opinions differ on whether to work with Republicans on future ASSET bill...

Or target them for defeat
The Colorado Statesman

Latino voters in Colorado may target Republicans in politically vulnerable legislative districts following a controversial vote last month by the GOP caucus that killed legislation aimed at providing reduced tuition rates to undocumented students.

Passion for justice still drives Martinez

Special to The Colorado Statesman

It’s a fine and righteous thing to honor past heroes of conscience such as former Gov. Ralph L. Carr, whose name will adorn Colorado’s new state judicial complex. But Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez believes it’s even more important to look into the future and ask what our grandchildren will think about the stands we are now taking on today’s burning issues of conscience — at a time when their moral dimensions may not be quite as clear.

Colorado’s judicial Gold Standard for selecting judges focuses on merit and accountability

Special to The Colorado Statesman

For ninety years after it achieved statehood in 1876, Colorado elected its judges in partisan elections. As a result, mining and other business interests had so much clout in the courtroom on high profile cases that historian Page Smith lumped the judiciary in with the corrupt executive and legislative branches in labeling Colorado’s state government “a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rockefellers and Guggenheims.”

President, political figures, family and friends reflect on life of Paul Sandoval

Beloved North Denver figure laid to rest
The Colorado Statesman

Even President Barack Obama remembers a story about Paul Sandoval, the former state senator and North Denver kingmaker who was laid to rest on Saturday.

“I recall that when Paul visited the White House, he asked to be identified as a tamale maker,” wrote Obama in a letter to Sandoval’s widow, former Denver Councilwoman and state Sen. Paula Sandoval, read aloud during his funeral by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Controversial same-sex civil unions bill passes through committee

GOP Rep. B.J. Nikkel casts deciding vote
The Colorado Statesman

Gay and lesbian couples on Thursday hugged their partners closely with tears of joy streaming down their cheeks, as a “courageous” Republican member of the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee agreed to break rank and swing her vote the Democrats’ way to allow same-sex civil unions in Colorado.

Weissmann makes ballot despite Dems

The Colorado Statesman

The Boulder businessman and 2nd Congressional District GOP candidate who wants to “fire Jared Polis” — Eric Weissmann — is on the radar, in more ways than one.

Bill links oil & gas development, severance taxes

Sonnenberg calls city in his Eastern Plains district ‘greedy’
The Colorado Statesman

Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, a Republican from Sterling, has found himself at odds with his own district over a proposal to prohibit the distribution of severance tax dollars to local governments that restrict or delay oil and gas operations.

The Eastern Plains lawmaker is unapologetic in defending his House Bill 1356, calling Sterling government officials “greedy” for opposing the measure. He says it is about property rights and limiting government spending, while encouraging oil and gas development across the state.

‘Fracking’ a hot topic at congressional oversight hearing in Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Federal and state proposals to regulate the oil and gas industry intersected Wednesday at the state Capitol with hearings which addressed rising concerns over hydraulic fracturing practices.

A rare field oversight hearing of the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, led by the committee’s chairman, Colorado’s own U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, kicked off the marathon of mid-week debate, addressing draft federal regulations on the so-called “fracking” operations.

A toast to Denver’s HD 8 Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

When Northeast Denver Democrats get together for their annual House District 8 spaghetti dinner, there’s always a toast. Or two.

This year, more than 100 party activists and elected officials raised their glasses to celebrate the district’s heritage as a liberal stronghold — powerful enough to sway state elections, some say — and to remember missing friends and neighbors at a fundraiser on April 21 at Loyola Catholic Church on the west side of City Park.